Well at last Launch Day has arrived and despite train strikes and Brexit Referendums the launch of The Shift will go ahead tonight at Glasgow’s most prestigious fiver star hotel, Hotel Du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens.
It seems like it has been a torturous process to get to this stage, as The Shift was originally pencilled in for a November 2015 launch with my previous publishers and has been written and ready to go since May 2015.
But I elected to sign a new four book deal with McNidder&Grace and The Shift is the first of these novels. The thing about joining a new publishers is that, and especially with McNidder&Grace having such a strong Crime Imprint with big names like Tony Black and Torquil MacLeod already in situ, you have to wait for your slot and tonight mine has arrived!
Tonight’s ‘show’ will be hosted by BBC Scotland’s infamous sports reporter Mr Phil Goodlad, who has just emailed me the running order, which will include one maybe two readings by myself from The Shift.
Having your launch hosted is a new thing for me, although last May I hosted my good friend Denzil Meyrick’s launch of ‘Sad Suits &Dark Songs’ in Oban and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. (Fingers crossed Denzil did too!!)
But Phil has some very interesting themes for tonight’s chat and I hope this will help drag out some interesting stuff from deep in my memory banks because, as you may know, much of The Shift is drawn from my time as a rookie cop in Glasgow back in 1989.
I always worry about launches and just how many people and who will turn up, as I have been through some nightmares on my journey as an aspiring crime writer!
One performance at Glasgow’s West End Festival that drew an audience of three, including my then publisher, back in 2012, still haunts me!!
Anyway with the help of Mr Goodlad, I can promise anyone who comes along to 1DG tonight an interesting, perhaps even eye-opening night, hopefully laced with a few laughs and certainly plenty of insight into my Modus Operandi and what lies ahead for Thoroughgood myself and a certain Mr Ludovic Graham, who will be appearing on the pages of Heist, book one in my new crime thriller anti-hero series, late 2016/early 2017.
But it’s fitting that I end by thanking Andy Peden Smith, the CEO and founder of McNidder&Grace, for showing the faith in me to table a four book deal.
Your support sir and the opportunity you have afforded myself, Thoroughgood & Graham, is very much appreciated!
If you can’t make it along tonight, I have my first signing session for The Shift at WHSmith, Sauchiehall Street on Saturday morning from 11am-3pm, so swing by for some books and banter and the grittiest most realistic 1980s crime thriller you will ever read…how do I know?
I wrote it!